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our news continues online and tonight, the new backlash after donald trump warns of riots at the convention if he's blocked by the republican party. leaders now calling his words unacceptable. breaking now. the new video. the young american captured, accused of fighting for isis. you will hear his explanation, right here. now saying it was a bad decision. lead in the water. the grilling on capitol hill. our reporter, tracking down authorities. why didn't they act sooner? and the new report that this is far beyond flyntint. locations in 4 the states? the tearful plea. the young american sobbing, begging to be free. now we see the alleged prank in north career ya that landed him 15 years in hard labor. the effort now to get him home. sea change, bowing to public
major change tonight. and prince harry, right here this evening. revealing to robin roberts the moment he was broken. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with several dropping stories at this hour. first, new claims that some of donald trump's personal information has now been hacked. the trump campaign responding at this hour. there is also new backlash tonight after donald trump's warning that there could be riots at the republican convention, if the party stands between him and the nomination, if there's a contested convention. tonight, house speaker paul ryan slamming the comments, calling them, quote, unacceptable. all of this comes after the images we've seen from trump rallies, protesters and supporters clashing. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the backlash and on the claims that trump has now been hacked. >> reporter: donald trump was
leaders in washington and ohio for predicting riots if he loses the nomination this summer at the convention in believe land. >> i think you'd have riots. i think you'd have riots. i'm representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people. i think you would have problems like you've never seen before. i think -- i think bad things would happen. i really do. i believe that. i wouldn't lead it, but i think bad things would happen. >> reporter: unacceptable, said speaker of the house paul ryan. >> nobody should say such things, in my opinion, because, to even address or hint to violence is unacceptable. >> reporter: and ohio governor john kasich, who is both running against trump and hosting this summer's convention, told abc news trump's caulktalk is dangerous. >> to even imply that there could be violence if he doesn't get his way, you know, he's not running for the presidency of the wwe, he's running for president of the united states. and this kind of language is an outrage. >> reporter: and today, trump is under fire from an entirely
vladimir putin. the kremlin today the denouncing trump's latest attack on hillary clinton. this video, it spliss together footage of clinton and the russian president. putin's spokesman today accused trump of, quote, demonizing russia. it comes one day after trump said this, when asked who he consults on foreign policy. >> i'm speaking with myself, number one, because i have a very good brain and i've said a lot of things. >> reporter: hillary clinton claims she's already getting worried calls from foreign leaders. >> i'm having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop donald trump. i said, you know, i mean, this is up to americans, thank you very much. >> reporter: and tonight, another attack on trump. the hacker group anonymous claims they have hacked into his private information, including his social security number, cell phone information and address. >> and zwloon karljonathan karl live with us tonight. the trump campaign is responding
>> reporter: the trump campaign has just released a statement, saying, quote, the government and law enforcement authorities are seeking the arrest of the people responsible for attempting to illegally hack mr. trump's accounts and television information. david? >> jonathan karl leading us off tonight. jon, thank you. now, to the democratic side tonight, and to a report today in "the new york times" that president obama met with donors and suggested it might be time for bernie sanders' campaign to wind down, and for the party to unite behind hillary clinton. but today, the white house said, not so fast, clarifying what the president did say. abc's cecilia vega on the campaign tonight. >> reporter: tonight, is a possible turning point coming in the race? "the new york times" reporting president obama told a group of democratic donors it will soon be time for bernie sanders' campaign to end, and for democrats to unite behind hillary clinton. today, the white house denying the president was endorsing clinton, but adding, he did say
>> our success in november, in electing a democratic president will depend on the commitment and ability of the democratic party to come together behind our nominee. >> reporter: if that's hillary clinton, it will be full circle for two people who once battled.
>> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it. >> reporter: but then, that meeting at the white house. clinton joining his team, that moment in the situation room, and now clinton on the trail, campaigning on their close ties, helping herself, but helping his legacy, too. >> i think he doesn't get the credit he deserves for having fought for a recovery that is taking hold. >> and cecilia vega with us tonight. it would seem the president has been very careful so far, not endorsing either one of these candidates, but he's offered
>> reporter: he has. he's called her one of his most trusted advisers. and he seems to be choosing words very carefully right now. but this seems to be as close to an endorsement as you can get. >> cecilia, thank you. in other news this evening, to the grilling on capitol hill today, involving the water crisis in flint, michigan. and a new list being reported tonight by "usa today," as they looked into lead in the water in more than 40 states. governor rick synder grilled by congress today. some calling for him to resign. our cameras right there with the head of the epa, under fire for allegedly not moving quickly enough, after learning of the
dangers. "usa today" went back four years, reporting about 350 water systems across america, failing tests, some of them, dozens of times. abc's mary bruce tonight with the camera rolling, getting answers again. >> you need to take some responsibility because you screwed up. >> reporter: tonight, the blame game erupting on capitol hill.
like for you? >> reporter: democrating laying into michigan governor rick synder over the water crisis in flint. >> you were completely missing in action. that's not leadership. do you think? >> i was not missing in action, congressman. >> reporter: the governor acknowledging mistakes. >> i should have asked tougher questions, i should have done more. >> reporter: but for many, that's not enough. >> and there you are, dripping with guilt, but drawing your paycheck. >> reporter: i asked the governor about calls for them resign. governor synder, will you resign? no answer, but synder not the only one under fire. >> do i think the system failed? yes. >> reporter: republicans blaming epa administrator for being slow to act. >> i'm not trying to shift responsibility. >> yes, you have. >> reporter: afterwards? who is to blame? >> who is to blame for what? >> reporter: who is the blame for the crisis in flint? >> well, the system failed. >> reporter: still no clear answer. >> get out the way.
a "usa today" investigation finds problematic levels in the water in schools and day care centers in 42 states. one school in maine with lead levels 41 times higher than the epa limit. >> those were eye-opening numbers today. mary is on capitol hill. and mary, the tough questions up there, including from you. but you spoke with some of the families from flint who traveled to d.c. what do they make of what they heard today? >> reporter: david, the families we spoke with said that someone has to be held accountable. but what they want more is david? >> mary bruce with us live from mary, thank you. now, to breaking developments, new images coming in at this hour, after the capture of a young american, reportedly from virginia, accused now of fighting for isis. we reported earlier this week on the 26-year-old captured, taken into custody by kurdish forces. tonight, a new video here, explaining why he left the u.s. and adding that he, quote, made a bad decision.
the new video. >> reporter: accused by kurdish authorities of fighting for isis, the young american, born in virginia, tells a very different story. it was all about a girl, he told kurdish tv in iraq. >> i made a bad decision to go with the girl, to go to mosul. because i wasn't thinking straight. >> where are you infrom? >> united states. >>. >> reporter: mohammed jamal kw khweis, 26 years old, captured monday by kurd ishish peshmerga fighters near sinjar, iraq. he says he left the u.s. last december and made his way through europe to syria, and but he hated it there. countries. you know, it's very strict, there's no smoking, and i found it hard for everyone there. >> my message to the american is really, really bad.
don't represent the religion, isis, isil, they don't represent the religion. >> reporter: u.s. officials say upwards of 250 americans have traveled to the middle east to join extremist groups. khweis says that's not him, but he surely faces a lot of hard questions from u.s. investigators about what exactly he was doing in isis territory. david? >> all right, our chief foreign tonight. terry, thank you, as as. and to another headline tonight involving the fight against isis. secretary of state john kerry today accusing isis of committing genocide against christians and other muslim groups in iraq and syria. the terror group blamed for thousands of deaths, many forced to convert to islam or be killed. today's announcement is not expected, though, to change america's military strategy against isis. back in this country now, and we move on to dangerous storms across parts of this country tonight. severe thunderstorms damaging homes and businesses in the dallas area tonight. hail pounding away at drivers on
that is from arlington. golfball-sized hails from texas all the way to florida, and of course, meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: that's going to be the main threat tonight is hail. we've had reports of tornadoes, one in southern mississippi. this is the threat zone. this may be extended into the florida panhandle area. several ways of convection, really, the next couple of days along the stalled front. the last wave saturday is what northeast. going to make a run. mostly rain across the east coast during the day on saturday. watch the freezing line drop down to the coastline. several inches of snow from d.c., the big cities, new york into boston. could see 6 to 12 inches, heavy wet snow, especially inland from i-95. this could be significant for the first day of spring. >> winter is not letting go. rob, thank you. to north korea now, and the young american college student. the 21-year-old breaking down in tears during court on wednesday. we showed you the pictures then, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for attempting to steal a political poster from the hotel.
right there. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight with the new effort under way to get him released and returned home. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s. is quietly working to free american student otto warmbier. it was this security video that the north koreans say shows warmbier stealing a political hotel where he was staying with a tour group. and taking it is a crime against the state. of my life. >> reporter: the 21-year old uva student clearly shaken, now sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. >> please save my life. please think of my family. i am the oldest son in my family. >> reporter: now helping the family seek release, former governor bill richardson, he equates the theft with a college prank. >> hopefully now after this sentencing, it'll mean negotiations can start on his release on humanitarian grounds.
american tourists have been arrested in north korea in the last six years, all released. the north cree yaps skoreans have, in the past, wanted a high-level negotiator, like bill clinton, who helped free two young american journalists in 2009. but this is a time of great tension with the north koreans because of their nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and there is no telling what they will do and what they will demand. david? >> martha raddatz with us tonight. martha, thank you. we turn now to president obama, and his historyic visit to cueba cuba. "world news tonight" beenwill be back in havana, starting sunday night. the president machling one of the first direct letters to cuba in decades, sent to a cuban woman who has written him in the past, thanking him. she has invited the president, hoping he has time for coffee. by the way, the last president to make this trip, calvin coolidge in 1928, with the first lady back then.
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finally, we have reported so often on our wounded warriors and the desperate need to rally behind him. and there's a certain prince who has made that his sole mission. prince harry telling our robin roberts the moment it became clear to him. >> reporter: when prince harry was called back from afghanistan, after his deployment was revealed, he found his new mission. >> there was an element of me thinking, i'm an officer, i'm leaving my soldiers. i was broken. and suddenly i find myself on a ane, while i'm sitting there, i look through the curtain in the front and there's three of our lads, wrapped up in plastic,
that's how it all started for me, is, like, these people are role models. and they need to be celebrated more among society. >> reporter: celebrated, like former aircraftman mike goody, who lost his left leg in an ied attack, then suffered posttraumatic stress. what does it mean to have prince harry here, encouraging you all every step of the way? >> prince harry has been absolutely legend. we couldn't get rid of him if we tried. he was pumping everything, getting everything going, really encouraging, drumming up support. >> anybody who serves our country and puts their life on the line and then can bring themselves back from an injury like that deserves everything from every single one of us. >> robin roberts with prince harry. espn will cover the invictus games in orlando in early may,
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